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Susumu Yokota

since his magnificent sakura (2000) and grinning cat (2001) albums the electronic music world has been in thrall to japan’s susumu yokota, a laptop composer whose prolific output of at least one album every year since 1998 is at odds with his compelling creations. when so much of today’s dashed-off ambient music comes off as characterless, indistinguishable and meaningless burble, yokota shows the way. not that he should thank us for calling this hour-long opus ambient.

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Colleen

colleen is french multi-instrumentalist cecile schott, who uses her voice and the treble viola da gamba (a baroque instrument with gut strings), to weave intricate stories about the human mind and heart. captain of none is the most melodic album in her repertoire, with fast-paced tracks rooted down by prominent bass lines and assorted percussive effects. it is also an album that breaks new ground for colleen in terms of production. while previous works centered around sample-based or looped, minimal compositions, on captain of none schott significantly changed her approach, setting her viola and her voice as focal points. captain of none is inhabited by delicately crafted, other-worldly pop songs incorporating dub-inspired techniques.  

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